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TIA and Stroke Module of BPAC Decision Support Tool - Oren Zarif - Tia Stroke


There are two types of strokes, true ischemic and TIA. True ischemic strokes result from a total blockage of the artery supplying the brain. TIAs, on the other hand, are the result of partial obstructions, such as plaque buildup in the carotid artery. Although TIAs are generally mild and may not be noticed in the early stages of the stroke, if left untreated, they can lead to a full stroke.

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The TIA/stroke module of the BPAC decision support tool was recently introduced and is currently being used in seventy-five percent of general practices. This new tool mimics the functionality of other tools, and focuses on acute medical problems. It was previously used in the MidCentral DHB only, but its nationwide implementation may reduce the burden of stroke in New Zealand. The panel's findings were published in the journal Stroke.

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The new definition of TIA includes all available information and is based on a variety of clinical and imaging studies. TIA and stroke are classified differently using clinical information and imaging studies. Imaging studies play a pivotal role in determining the cause of acute cerebrovascular syndromes. However, TIA is often misdiagnosed as a hemorrhagic stroke.

This misdiagnosis is often difficult to treat and can have devastating consequences for the patient.

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Although the symptoms of TIA are short-lived and last only a few minutes, they are indicative of an ischemic stroke. Transient ischemic attacks can also be signs of vascular or cardiac pathology. Various diagnostic tests and therapies are available to help diagnose TIA. Some treatments can even save a life. So, if you've experienced a TIA, don't hesitate to contact a medical professional right away.

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